On what planet does it make sense to build the Loew's Kings Theater into a 3,200 seat performing arts venue? This from their press release:
When it reopens in early 2015 the Kings will host more than 200 concerts, dance performances, musicals and comedy shows per year — including programs geared to appeal to a wide range of Brooklyn’s diverse ethnic communities.
First, there's already a venue at Brooklyn College with the exact same mission, just a few blocks away. Second, Brooklyn and NYC generally are teeming with venues, all vying for top-notch entertainment. Filling 3,200 seats is going to be massive task, especially this far into Brooklyn. BAM struggles to fill the opera house. Why would people of a certain means trek miles further into Flatbush to watch "musicals" and "comedy shows?" Has no one heard of a thing called "Broadway?"
Third, what we really need is a movie theater. Have any of you tried to go to a blockbuster film in NY and been shut out by the overwhelming demand and long lines? A first run movie house could do great business, and how fun would it be to go to the movies in a Versailles inspired gem, as if you were going to the opera? With 3K of your neighbors laughing and crying along? Well-planned and promoted revivals of classics could draw too. "Electric Boogaloo" anyone?
A movie theater of such grandeur would be a truly unique reason to come out the borough of Kings and spend an afternoon shopping or dining, if that indeed is the economic purpose behind $100 million dollars in outlays. Plus it wouldn't cost nearly as much in "artist fees," and union stage hands, the very costs that makes running a performance theater prohibitive. Trust me, I'm in the biz. I know!
That's my piece. Here's the before and after pictures, and here's hoping that consider SHOWING pictures: